Pre-service Teachers' Beliefs about Curriculum Orientations

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Tanriverdi B., Apak Ö.

5th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), Rome, Italy, 5 - 08 February 2013, vol.116, pp.842-848 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 116
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.308
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.842-848
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Curriculum orientations are beliefs about what a school curriculum should achieve and how teaching, learning and assessment should occur (be carried out). This study aims at measuring teacher beliefs about five curriculum orientations (academic, cognitive process, social reconstruction, humanistic, and technological) in terms of different variables. The study was carried out (conducted) with 805 pre-service teachers from different departments at one Faculty of Education in the North West of Turkey. Data were collected through Curriculum Orientation Inventory; one independent sample T-test, one-way multivariate analysis of variance and Pearson correlation coefficient analysis were conducted. The results showed that humanistic orientation ranked highest and social reconstruction ranked lowest considering all the participants in the study. Considering all curriculum orientations, students in preschool teaching education scored significantly higher than all the other departments. Among the curriculum orientations, highest correlation was found between "technological" and "humanistic" curriculum orientation. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of Academic World Education and Research Center.